The two Double-headed eagles of Hellenic football are preparing for a great showdown to decide the premiership as each club lines up for a massive derby that could either make or break their title chances.

The incredible, hard-fought title race has come down to AEK and PAOK, with the fate of the premiership now seemingly resting on each side’s performance this week against Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

The Thessaloniki giants and Enosi have gone essentially toe-to-toe all campaign with barely anything separating them, though their results in the ninth and penultimate round of the Greek Super League’s play-offs could very likely put the title race to bed.

AEK, the current league leaders by just one point, travel to “Georgios Karaiskakis” Stadium to face the Piraeus giants on Thursday morning (AEST) with all the pressure of winning to preserve their place atop the ladder.

The current champions are extremely close to securing a second straight premiership, though those ambitions could take a massive hit if they fail to ensure all three points.

Olympiacos will certainly not make it easy as they have their own goals, chiefly being to procure a minimum top three finish so that they are guaranteed a spot in the European qualifying rounds for next season.

It is a remarkably similar story in PAOK’s derby with Panathinaikos, with the Thessaloniki side hoping to take a lead in the title race with a win and the Greens striving to down their opponents as part of their aim to earn a top three finish.

The one key difference is that the “black-whites” will have the home ground advantage with the game taking place at “Toumba” Stadium, and the hosts will certainly hope that the energy from their home faithful will spur them towards victory.

As such, the outcomes of these two contests could feasibly tie up all the loose ends for this season (the league winners and the top three) or it could otherwise set up the most climactic of finishes in the final round of the competition.

Lamia takes on Aris at “Athanasios Diakos” ground in the other play-offs game, and the Fthiotida side will be eager to earn their first win since the end of the regular season.

Aris, meanwhile, will be looking to go back-to-back after beating Panathinaikos in their previous match as they aim for a strong finish to their play-offs campaign.

Play-offs Rd 9 fixtures (AEST)

Lamia-Aris: 1am, Thu 16 May

PAOK-AEK: 3am, Thu 16 May

Panathinaikos-Aris: 3am, Thu 16 May